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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Ýma Lv 1VIII (HjǪ 12)

Richard L. Harris (ed.) 2017, ‘Hjálmþés saga ok Ǫlvis 12 (Ýma trǫllkona, Lausavísur 1)’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry in fornaldarsögur. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 8. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 504.

Ýma trǫllkonaLausavísur

text and translation

Illa kveðr þú til mín;         því muntu, inn ungi,
fyrstr hafðr á seyði         af seggjum þínum.
Má sjá in hoska mær         þerra sína ljósa lokka
        með gullofnum dúki.

Kveðr þú illa til mín; því muntu, inn ungi, hafðr á seyði fyrstr af seggjum þínum. In hoska mær má sjá þerra sína ljósa lokka með gullofnum dúki.
‘You speak ill to me; thus you, young one, will be put on the fire first of your men. The wise maid can be seen to dry her bright locks with a gold-woven cloth.

notes and context

Ýma, one of the sea-ogresses, threatens Hjálmþér when he speaks insultingly of her appearance. According to the prose text, she had a gold-woven cloth on her lap and combed her hair with a golden comb.

The first four lines of this stanza are málaháttr, while ll. 5-7 approximate to ljóðaháttr in structure but lack the required alliteration. In ÍBR5ˣ the poetry is usually written in a bolded hand, but here the first line is presented in the manner of the prose text. — [2]: This line has been modified by most eds, even though it is regular Type A* málaháttr. Skj B and Skald have því enn ungi munt, while FSGJ reads því at, inn ungi, munt.



Text is based on reconstruction from the base text and variant apparatus and may contain alternative spellings and other normalisations not visible in the manuscript text. Transcriptions may not have been checked and should not be cited.

editions and texts

Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XIII], E. 16. Vers af Fornaldarsagaer: Af Hjálmþérs saga ok Ǫlvis III 2: AII, 335, BII, 356, Skald II, 192; HjǪ 1720, 36, FSN 3, 480-1, FSGJ 4, 205-6, HjǪ 1970, 30, 87, 145.


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